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israel's ongoing attack on gaza, the palestinian death toll continues to rise, now topping 20. israel started drafting 30,000 resume troops in a sign the assault may soon widen. we will go to gaza to speak with award winning journalist mohammed omer and to jerusalem where we will be joined by gershon baskin, who has served as a secret negotiator between israel and hamas. then oliver stone's and told history of the and the states. >> it takes an upside-down view of an american history after world war ii and looks at it in a new way. >> the academy award winning filmmaker oliver stone joins us in the studio with his partner peter kuznick to talk about their new book and tv series looking at the classified america we were never meant to see. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. israel is continuing to pound the gaza strip with airstrikes amidst fears that israel could launch a ground invasion. at least 21 palestinians have died in the most recent round of violence while three israelis died on thursday. isra
the situation with israel and hamas and the gaza strip. we will have that for you live. the conflict in israel and gaza came up today during prime minister's question time in london. >> can i start by going the prime minister in paying tribute to capt. area of the royal regiment of scotland? he showed the utmost courage and bravery and all of our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends. can i also express my deep sorrow about the loss of life and suffering in israel and gaza in recent days, including the latest terrorist attack on a bus in tel aviv. there is widespread support on all sides of the house for immediate and durable ceasefire being agreed in israel and gaza. so what will the prime minister set out in his view what are the remaining barriers to this cease-fire agreement being reached? >> i agree with the gentlemen about the appalling news this morning about the terrorist attack on a bus in tel aviv. can i also express our concern for the people in southern israel and for the grave loss of life in gaza. i think all of us, across the european union, including also ame
conflict between israel and palestinian group hamas. the bus was traveling on a busy road in central tel aviv. associated press reports the explosion happened near israel's military headquarters. investigators are trying to figure out what happened. they say there could have been more explosives on the bus. israeli government officials tell reuters this was a terrorist attack. the cease-fire negotiations between israel and hamas are believed to be entering their final stages, but whether it's bus bombings, air strikes or rocket attacks, fighting between the two sides have not let up. so far 140 palestinians and 5 israelis have been killed. egyptian officials are mediating the truce talks. a hamas representative tells nhk the palestinian group is pushing for israel to lift its economic blockade of gaza. the local media report israeli negotiators are willing to do that, but only once the cease-fire is in effect for a certain period of time. discussions are also reportedly under way about the possibility of getting egypt and the united states to establish a framework to monitor the truce. a
trees you don't succeed you and you and you wonder israel's response to a barrage of missiles from palestinian areas the sharp escalation has raised fears of a widening conflict and the possibility of a repeat of israel's 2008 invasion of gaza. the following rocket attacks by hamas. this time around, the rules are vastly different. israel's missile defense system has greatly improved, the iron dome will when incoming rockets that israel is taking on a better armed hamas. this all presenting a serious challenge for both the united states and the obama administration and obstacles in creating a genuine palestinian peace process. we will take all of that up tonight with admiral james lyons. congressman louie gohmert of texas will also be here fred also, president obama has no plan to announce tax cuts and spending cuts. why they don't add up to anything meaningful. lou: the testimony before congress has been surveyed. congressman mike rogers. everyone else has testified that they didn't. do you agree? >> i do agree. and the deputies committee, i'm sure the white house representatives
around our other ally israel, and that instability continues to grow. one of the things that was helpful from egypt while president mubarak was in charge, at least there was some effort to restrict the transfer of rockets into the gaza strip. so there were some tunnels that would be found, the tunnels had to be kept small so they were able to get smaller rockets into gaza. but now that there's a new regime, apparently the bigger rockets are getting in to gaza and they pose more and more of a threat as they continue to be fired into israel. the action is not only the fall of an ally, president mubarak, but the assistance in bringing to power in egypt the muslim brotherhood. they want to see israel gone and they would also not mind seing the united states gone. it's important when formulating foreign policy that the united states, particularly the obama administration, decide, are we going to be assisted with our own personal security issue here in the united states by the actions we take or are the re-- reactions that are going to be caused by our actions actually going to cause greater t
to israel, this is a house belonging to a senior official of hamas, but at the same time there were 12 people inside of that house, including four women and four children. all of them killed. so many people are condemning that attack. meanwhile, it is nighttime here and the people of gaza are bracing themselves for what could be another night of deadly attacks despite the diplomatic activity in cairo. negotiations are under way as well as palestinian factions as to what to do next, but those here in gaza say they are preparing for a ground invasion, and meaning if israel launches a war, they will fight and they are prepared to defend their territory as they say and on the same side israelis say they have finalized preparation for a ground invasion and now it is a matter of a political decision, and certainly something that everybody in cairo is trying to avert, but one that everybody here thinks it is not going to be averted any time soon. thomas? >> well, you talk about the diplomatic conversations in cairo, and what is on the table? what terms are being discussed? >> well, two centra
where tension is rising after israel and syria exchange fire across their border. in china, it's all change at the top. we have a special report on how the next generation is determined to tread its own path. >> i would like to be a software engineer. >> so you don't want to do the sort of things that your parents did? >> never. >> hello, it's midday here in london, 7:00 in the morning in washington. there's been a new twist to the sex scandal engulfing the american military top brass there. on friday, general david petraeus resigned as boss of the c.i.a. after it was revealed that he had been having an extra marital affair. now general john alan has been drawn into the scandal after what is being called inappropriate communications with a woman also linked to the affair. he has denied any wrong doing, but his application for a top nato job has been put on hold. >> there will be moments like this -- >> another top american commander, another career threatened. this time it's general john allen. he's in charge of u.s. forces in afghanistan, and he was about to be confirmed as the supr
flare-up in israeli-palestinian violence, in years. israel's offensive began last week, in response to a relentless barrage of missiles from palestinians. since then, the sharp escalation on both sides has raised fears of a widening conflict and the possibility of a repeat of israel's 2008 invasion of gaza. following similar rocket attacks then by hamas, this time around, however, the rules are vastly different. israel's missile defense systems greatly improved, the iron dome successfully intercepting hundreds of in coming rockets, but, israel is facing a better armed hamas, that has the backing of a new islamist government in egypt. this all presenting a serious challenge for both the united states, and the obama administration. and, new obstacles in creating a genuine israeli-palestinian peace process. we'll take all of that up here tonight, with admiral james lyons, retired commander of the u.s. pacific fleet and also, president obama wants more in the $1.5 trillion in tax hikes, but he has no plan -- or announced cuts in spending, why those tax hikes don't add up to anything mea
sent a stern warning today to israel threatening major retaliation if israel makes a move on lebanon. hezbollah is not involved in the renewed hostilities but they have fought with israel in the past. tensions their shared border really has never gone away. >>> at least 117 people are dead after a massive fire at a clothing factory in bangladesh. it happened outside the capital city of dhaka. you can see every window is lit with flames. some workers tried to escape out the windows. there were about 2,000 workers, mostly women, in that factory and they expect, unfortunately, the death toll to rise. >>> well, they took a week off for thanksgiving, but congress gets back to work starting tomorrow. time is short, but they have a lot on their agenda. the senate returns tomorrow, the house officially goes back into session on tuesday. the so-called fiscal cliff is the biggest item that is sitting on the congressional agenda. if president obama and congress don't reach some sort of deal, huge tax increases and spending cuts would automatically kick in january 1. todayself republica selveral
up in the fighting between israel and hamas and the death toll is rising. secretary of state hillary clinton en route to jerusalem in hopes of ending the week-long conflict -fpblt the atheists won that is what a lawyer for a christian group said after a judge upholds the city's decision to bana six-decade tradition of displaying nativity scenes. the emotional reaction from santa monica coming up. it could be twinkie's last hope, a judge sends hostess lenders and the bakers union back to the bargaining table. could 18,000 jobs and the twinkie be saved? it's all happening now. good morning to you on this tuesday. the u.s. now part of efforts to hammer out a cease-fire in gaza as the fighting intensifies on both sides. good morning i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody i'm jenna lee. air raid sirens wailing in jerusalem. [sirens blaring] jenna: you may hear those sirens, we don't hear them often over jerusalem. this is after hamas fired off a rocket aimed at the holy city. folks on your screen running for cover. word today that that rocket hit the west bank and thankfully didn't cause any
supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes and workplaces and potentially killing civilians. my message to all of them was that israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory. if that can be accomplished without a ramping up of military activity in gaza, that's preferable. not just for the people of gaza, it's also preferable for israelis because if israeli troops are in gaza, they are much more at risk of incurring fatalities or being wounded. >> long simmering conflict between israel and gaza boiled over on wednesday after israel killed the top commander of hamas. since then, five straight days of air strikes and rocket barrages into israel. some rockets targeted tel aviv and jerusalem. whether both sides feel like they have accomplished whatever they felt like they needed to accomplish with this exchange of force. or alternatively, whether israel is going to roll these tanks that has massed on the border over that border for a big ground incursion into gaza. 75,000 military reservists have been mo
with countries like turkey and jordan that immediately border syria and obviously israel which is having already grave concerns as we do about movements of chemical weapons that might occur in such a chaotic atmosphere. >> are we better off in the middle east now than we were four years ago? absolutely not. why? because the policies of the administration and the way its been handling itself. >> when a president of the united states apologizes to religious fanatics while killing young americans, this is profoundly wrong. >> we would like to hold obama accountable for an absolute disastrous foreign policy. >> greta: president obama starting off the second term with a foreign policy crisis. four americans murdered in libya. the obama administration being hammered for the handling of the terror attack in benghazi. for weeks the administration claiming that the september 11th attacks were a response to a youtube video, same video that sparked violent protests around the world including outside the embassy in cairo. since the arab spring we have seen big changesn the volatile region. how will he handl
to tell you about this morning, and israel promising to ramp up attacks on gaza after militants continued their assault on the country. hamas firing at least one missile at tel aviv overnight, but israeli officials say that it was intercepted by their iron dome. the israeli military responded with air strikes hitting two media centers in the gaza strip area at least five palestinians were killed. israel says they'll launch more targeted and deadly attacks at rocket launching sites and hamas commanders if it continues. a deadly attack in thailand hours before president obama's visit. he's there kicking off the first leg of his visit in asia, two were killed after detonating a bomb at a train. the second attack, one person died when a motorcycle bomb exploded. a such continues for the remaining crew member missing from the oil rig explosion in the gulf of mexico. the body of the other missing crew member was found by the drivers after the coast garden terd the search. and the coast guard says no oil leaked from the platform, concerns that this would be another disaster just like the explosi
happened on september 11 in libya. >>> major developments in the situation in israel and gaza where they could be on the brink of war. two rockets hitting southern tel aviv today. that was the sound they heard there. while no one was hurt it is the farthest gaza has ever hit inside israel. a brief cease-fire earlier in the day did not last long either. let's go to gaza live. >> reporter: good morning, richard. in fact, those sirens you're hearing on the israeli side, there aren't any of them here in gaza. in fact, israel has been carrying out air strikes all over the course of the past several hours. palestinians are reporting that there were casualties including a palestinian boy in the city. palestinian militants have been able to fire rockets into southern israel. there is no sign that the conflict on that front is actually slowing down. in fact, what many people here are questioning is the ability of the palestinians to be able to fire rockets so deep into israel raising questions about whether the israeli military operations so far have been successful. talking about a cease-fi
deadly fire near the israel/gaza border. they say it's in retaliation for ongoing rocket attacks into southern israel. >> triggered by an air strike that killed the top hamas military commander. sayre -- sara sidner is following the story. >> reporter: you can see gaza behind me. there has been air strike after air strike after air strike. we ourselves witnessed three air strikes, major hit. we could see fire and then three plumes of smoke. since then we've been also seeing and hearing rockets coming over into southern israel. we now know there are three people who have died in israel in an apartment building very near, within a 7 kilometer radius of gaza in israel. we also know that at least seven people have been killed here in gaza and the air strikes are continuing. right now we do and we are watching the funeral happen, of ha the leader of hamas' military wing, that is going on as we speak. thousands of people attending that funeral. a very important figure, someone who people see as one of the founders of hamas, a symbolic member of hamas as well. we are expecting this to c
in the middle east. elections are coming up. israel, jordan, egypt, iran, and elsewhere, we're seeing in front of our eyes more violent change happening in syria. the reverberations felt in every one of those country's borders. elsewhere from beirut to bahrain, it's a low boil, ready to burst out in a way that would affect our interests in very fundamental ways. there's two problems at the far end of the threat spectrum. the iran nuclear challenge on one hand and spread of al-qaeda and spread of terrorism on the other that will continue to dominate unless we forget within a year of taking office, both presidents obama and bush, his predecessor, were faced with previously unforeseen events that fundamentally challengedded their middle east policies. 9/11 for president bush, and the arab spring for president obama. there's a lot on the agenda. today, we're going to take an early look at what will be and what should be the foreign policy of a second obama administration in the middle east. now, we, at the washington institute, for us, this is just the beginning of a -- of quite a number of events
medicare plans that may be right for you. call now. ♪ >>> tensions rise in the middle east as israel trades fire with its neighbors. overnight israel's military says its air strikes hit key palestinian targets in the gaza strip, including what is described as a terror tunnel and a weapons storage facility. in three straight days of fighting, six palestinians have been killed, and another 30 wounded. according to the israeli military, more than 110 rockets hit southern israel injuring at least four civilians. today in northern israel israeli military sources report hitting syrian targets after two days of cross-border fire. officials say its retaliation for mortar shells that hit near a military post in golan heights. this marks the first time israel has fired on syria since 1973. cnn senior international correspondent sarah is joining us from jerusalem to talk a little bit about all of this that's taking place, and you had a chance, an exclusive, to sit down with israel's president simon peres to talk about what is taking place there. it is somewhat alarming, the escalating violence. does h
the discussion of the relationship between u.s., israel, and iran. then we will hear the "washington post" cybersecurity summit. we have several live events to tell you about tomorrow. gregorie dinero will be on to discuss the future of the army. and president obama's campaign rally at the university of colorado, boulder. that is on c-span. [cheers] [applause] >> all right, let's get what documents the coolidge family during the white house years. and also before. >> part of the coolidge family papers. we have one box of photographs. then we have several boxes of other documents. photographs are heavy. the album should be in the back here. here it is. unfortunately, it is on lack civics paper. there's not much we can do about that because we don't want to change the artifact nature of the album itself. starting to crack, some of these pages are separating. this is a photograph of calvin coolidge the day before he became president. he was in plymouth, vermont, visiting his father, doing some chores, this was a press photograph. so he did have the press along with them. you can see that the
, cbssf.com/black friday. >>> the cease-fire between israel and hamas has survived its first full day. what both parties have to do now to ensure that the truce remains in effect. >> reporter: palestinians are celebrating the end of gaza's worst fighting in years. they say it's safe enough to fill the streets again. they're digging out, cleaning up, and burying their dead. a fragile truce is holding, and the eight days of fighting between israel and hamas that's killed at least 162 palestinians and six israelis. thousands of israeli soldiers who were deported to the gaza border for a possible ground invasion have pulled out, bringing many relief. >> i just put faith in the palestinian people that they're going to hold up their end of the cease-fire. >> reporter: hamas promised to stop firing rockets and israel said it will end air strikes. he said, i want to say to the palestinian people in gaza, in the west bank and everywhere, that the option of invading gaza after this victory is gone and will never return. but the israeli army's chief of staff issued a warning. >> if gaza will sta
on friday. never dull. thank you, panel. straight ahead, terribly disturbing news out of israel, hamas says israel has opened the gates of hell. gates of hell. the israeli deputy foreign americans are always ready to work hard for a better future. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader. the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪ >> israeli deputy foreign minister is here. good evening, sir. i should add that the assassination followed about five days of rocket attacks from palestinians to israelis. so i guess that's where this has led to today's hitting the chief hamas figure. are you on the edge of war? >> well, we hope not. and thank you, greta, for mentioning what led to this preemptive strike that we had to take. we have to remember that this chief of terror operations of hamas, jabari, is like the hamas bi
-determination of israelis and palestinians. as you know, every american president since lyndon johnson tried to stop israel from building settlements on the west bank because they understood those settlements threatened to fore close the possibility of a two-state solution. some presidents pushed hard; some not very hard. at camp david, jimmy carter believed he received assurances that building would stop and self-determination and would commence, but settlement building did not stop and carter and the egyptians for different reasons did not make too much of a fuss. ronald reagan called for a settlement freeze without making a big issue of it. george hw bush made an issue of it paying a steep political price which may have cost him re-election. bill clinton wanted a viable state, and he found settlement building cometted whether israel was headed by labor, and, indeed, accelerated throughout the 1990s. barack obama made a settlement freeze that jumping off point for his peace efforts, and he was smacked down decisively by benjamin netanyahu. the reason is obvious. israel, no matter what coalition was in ch
a hero. i would like your opinion about what is going on right now with israel and palestine. to gaza. i think they are acting upon hamas in order to put their blame -- against iran and see what your opinions would be. guest: that has been a mess for a long time and i believe we should be noninterventionists. we should not pick sides. i think it would be best for israel and best for that whole region, so i don't believe in getting involved. it is a real mess. it's been created by too much and too many outsiders interfering. but this gaza thing, i mean, attacking and bombing gaza, that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. what threat are the palestinians? to israel or anybody else? they are living in total poverty. they have an employment rate probably about 50%. sure, there are going to be militants. you have to understand why they're militants. you know, what is the reasons? they have been held more or less in bondage for decades now. it's a real mess. i think we should not be involved. i think the people there should solve the problems and eventually israel won't be able to depend upon t
bolder since the egyptian revolution and the attacks have been spilling over into neighboring israel. >> hundreds of tanks and heavy artillery demonstrating in northern sinai directly on the israeli border. the egyptian army looking on as it prepares for war. this is directed at militant islamists terrorizing the rump country. these are a testimony to the horror. dozens of police officers and soldiers have been executed here. the militants have left the church is in ruins and have spray-painted the message of the building, "allah akbar." >> there ruled the area here. they're working with a call qaeda and want total control of egypt. -- working with al qaeda. >> they come through the shady neighborhoods and they have arrested hundreds of suspects already. egypt's anti-terrorist units used to operate under former president mubarak and now have an ordered in buying morsi, a member of the muslim brotherhood. they are demanding the full force of sharia law. they want a truth theocracy without alcohol or christians. >> this government does not get anything right. we are not willing to coop
from gaza hit a building in the south of the country. they're the first casualties there since israel's military carried out an air strike that killed the hamas military commander ahmed jabari. a rocket fired by hamas and palestinian militants hit a residential building in ma la chi about 25 kilometers north of ga gaza. the attack came after israel launched two consecutive days of operations in gaza, killing 11 palestinians, including hamas' military commander and his children. hamas militants have fired over 100 rockets into israel. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu warned that his country is prepared to expand its offensive if necessary. amid rising concern about the escalating violence, the united nations security council held an emergency session on wednesday. it adjourned without issuing any form of statement. >>> the united nations is under fire for its actions before the bloody end of the civil war in sri lanka. patchari raksawong in bangkok is following the story. the criticism comes from an expert panel appointed by the united nations itself. sri lanka's government ha
the world. teachers in israel are using oragami but not to make betiful fires. >> reporter: math teachers began using oragami about ten years ago. students are making geometry shapes. >> translator: when it comes to solving problems i find that oragami makes it easier. >> reporter: the teacher brought the craft to schools. when she was a child she watched a tv show about oragami. then she started making her own. 20 years ago she visited japan. it fascinated her. upon her return to israel she visited schools all over the country. she tried to introduce oragami as a teaching school. >> they laughed at me and said you ku go to the community center and teach a class. i really believed in it. >> reporter: her husband supported her through thick and thin. he's an oragami designer and the two meet at an international oragami event. through trial and error they figured out how to use it in math classes. >> i can fold a piece of paper. i'm in control. it's my body that's making it. my hands, my eyes, my brain. there's a fantastic sense of achievement even if you do the simplest thing when you're f
east. elections are coming up in israel, in jordan, in egypt, iran and elsewhere. we're seeing in front of our eyes more violent change happening in syria. the reverberations of which are being felt on everyone of that country's borders. elsewhere from beirut to bahrain domestic politics is at a low boil ready to burst out in a way that can affect our interests in very fundamental ways. there are two problems at the far ends of the threat spectrum. the iran nuclear challenge on the one hand and the spread of al qaeda and affiliated terrorism on the other that will continue to dominate and lest we forget within a year of taking office both presidents obama and bush, his predecessor, were faced with previously unforeseen events that fundamentally challenged their middle east policies. 9/11 for president bush and the arab spring for president obama. so there's a lot on the agenda. today we're going to take a early look at what will be and what should be the foreign policy of a second obama administration in the middle east. now we at the washington institute, for us this is just the beginn
. >> it was all good till you said that, but whatever. the growing crisis between israel and the palestinians, we want to get to this story, gaza is on the verge of all-out war developing over the past 24 hours in response to repeated rocket attacks from hamas operatives. israel has begun mobilizing some 30,000 reserve troops including armored vehicles and tanks. overnight the fighting did not let up. explosions rocked gaza city as israeli warplanes pounded hamas targets. hamas vowing retaliation for the death of its military chief two days ago is escalating missile attacks deeper into israel. the jerusalem post reports that israeli air force has fired a rock near the home of hamas's prime minister. no one was reportedly injured. for the first time since the gulf war, more than 20 years ago, air raid sirens were triggered in the commercial capital of tel aviv, sending residents running for cover. so far the long-range missiles fired from gaza have landed without damage there. yesterday israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu warned that the military operation could significantly widen. >> no go
in gaza rained down on israel this week. israelies were injured and at least one was killed. but it sure is right -- absolute right of self-defense is responded to defend its people. prime minister netanyahu said it best. the terrorists are committing a double war crime. they fire at israeli citizens and they hide behind palestinianian civilians. but the government in egypt, which was backed by the administration, has condemned israel, not hamas. the terrorist group hamas doesn't want peace with israel. it wants war. it kills israeli citizens and then hides behinds the skirts of palestinian women. israel has the moral right and duty to defend itself from the bar barrack hamas. the united states should be in total support of israel, our ally. the u.s. should be bold in its condemnation of hamas and the u.s. should be bold in this continuing war by terrorist, like hamas, on civilized nations and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. blumenauer: thank you, madam speaker. perha
's not forget that history doesn't stop or even slow down in the middle east. elections are coming up. israel, jordan, egypt, iran, and elsewhere, we're seeing in front of our eyes more violent change happening in syria. the reverberations of which felt on every one of that country's borders. elsewhere from beirut to bahrain, domestic politics in a low boil ready to burst out in a way that can affect our interests in very fundamental ways. there's two problems at the far ends of the threat spectrum. the iran nuclear challenge on one hand and the spread of al-qaeda and affiliated terrorism on the other that will continue to dog unless we forget within less than a year of taking office, both presidents obama and bush, his predecessor, faced with previously unforeseen events that fundamentally challenged their middle east policies. 9/11 for president bush, and the arab spring for president obama, so there's a lot on the agenda. today, we're going to take an early look at what will be and what should be the foreign policy of a second obama administration in the middle east. now, we, at the washin
, of course it's enrichment, it may improve capabilities, ability to go out to 20%. israel and u.s. will feel that the case for military action, low-level violence will continue against, you know, against iran. and israel will prepare, considering, no, potentially success of the operation against the facility in syria. and that this may hold iran's restraints to acquire nuclear weapons. so we are in really concerned with situation, and let me add that people of iran will continue to suffer under very tough sanctions. so, there are two things which must change, diplomacy and inspections. first diplomacy. p5+1 has served as united front. five plus one means to me united nations, security council related, global responsibility to europeans like to prefer 3+3, which means the european union is the main player. i'm a little nervous about if you're in europe you had better say three plus the otherwise you will not be served dinner. [laughter] but i think it is, five plus one of course is important to keep on. but i think u.s. should not do, u.s. does not hide inside this group. u.s. has now time to
-- suppose israel were to attack iranian nuclear facilities and iran were to retaliate, and iran and israel would find themselves at war. should the united states intervene on israel's side militarily? and 59 percent said no. that's the same finding we had in 2010, so it's a pretty stable opinion. and given the importance of the threat that they perceive from the iranian program and the very strong relationship between the united states and israel, it's not as surprising. it's certainly a sobering finding. on arab spring, they're deeply uncertain, like many experts on the middle east, about where the so-called arab spring is going. whatever season is in the arab world now, so they're waiting to see. but in that environment, opposition to economic assistance, in particular to egypt has declined rather sharply over the last two years. we don't have it on this graph, but the same pattern only more so with respect to economic assistance to pakistan and ghanistan. support for economic assistance to israel and military assistance to israel remains pretty stable. and finally let me turn to asia. w
that iran does not a nuclear weapon. israel is our best friend. we need to protect israel. yes, obviously i could if it were in the strategic best interest of the country and the strategic best interest of israel, which is often the strategic best interest of the country. we need to keep iran from a nuclear weapon, but we need to do everything -- sanctions seem to be working now. when the best things is that we have involved other nations in basically forcing iran to allow people to come and. >> just to clarify, i think i heard you say that under extreme circumstances you could a vote to support israel in going to war against iran. >> it would be extreme circumstances. we need to do everything we can, and there are lots of things we can do even apart from sanctions. this goes back to being nimble and strategic in terms of how we deal with this piece in question. >> i have supported israel for a long time. i will continue to support israel. our intel -- i have said, i have doubts about it. israel does not get to make a mistake. is a fatal mistake for the nation of israel if they except accep
meeting of the arab league after today's airstrikes by israel into gaza. these strikes hitting hamas targets all across the region, killing one of the group's top military commanders. now an israeli military spokesman is predicting days of fighting with the palestinians. leland vittert is live in israel near the border with gaza. what is going on, leland? >> reporter: right now, according to hamas militant organization they have quote, opened the gates of hell. there has been a declaration of war they say about the israelis by this airstrike. israelis providing video of the moment they killed ahmed jabari, the lead are of hamas militant tant wing. many are comparing assassination of him as nating usama bin laden. israelis launched operation cloud of pillar which is targeted assassination of number of hamas militants and islamic jihad and going off their warehouses which have a number of mass weapon storage facilities. we're here talking right now there are dozens of airstrikes going on over the gaza strip. large fireballs coming up from inside gaza. and they say a cloud of pillar wil
launch lar-sca retaliation, further fueling the conflict. >>> egypt has recalled its ambassador to israel to protest the killing of the hamas military leader. egypt is one of the few arab countries with diplomatic ties to israel. but president mohamed morsi belongs to the muslim brotherhood which has close relations to hamas. morsi has called for an emergency meeting of the arab league to discuss the killing. >>> the leaders of asia's top economies want to work out a free trade agreement. ramin mellegard joins us from the business desk. there are so many trade negotiations going on worldwide. what are the details in this case? >> catherine, representatives of japan, china, and south korea are trying to get together this month to talk about starting negotiations for a free trade pact. the countries have agreed there are benefits to strengthening economic ties as the move towards free trade accelerates worldwide. leaders of the three countries had agreed in may that they would begin the trade negotiations by the end of this year. preparations had been made in working-level meetings but pros
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